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New teacher profiles
New teacher profiles | March 21, 2013 >>
For Micah Gibbens, the future came down to a choice between cheesecake or cheesesteak.
New teacher profiles | January 17, 2013 >>
Middle school teacher says he’s doing what he was meant to do
New teacher profiles | November 1, 2012 >>
From academia and law to teaching physics to city students Ben Mikesh, a fourth-year teacher is happily firing off cannonballs — as part of a physics demonstration — in his Manhattan classroom at Bard HS Early College and is really, really excited about the Higgs boson fundamental particle.
New teacher profiles | May 24, 2012 >>
When Ruiying Liu, who was born in southern China, needs to speak to a student or parent in Cantonese or Mandarin, no one bats an eye. But when she talks away to an Hispanic student or parent in perfect Spanish, jaws drop. “They are always so surprised and ask where I learned to speak Spanish so fluently,” said Liu, in her second year at IS 220 in Brooklyn.
New teacher profiles | March 22, 2012 >>
“The really fun thing about teaching is when your students come to you excited about something and want to discuss it without your having to bring it up,” said Tom Wilkens, in his first year as a full-time teacher. It helps when the subject matter is nothing less dramatic than earthquakes and tsunamis, which fascinate his students.
New teacher profiles | January 19, 2012 >>
Having worked his way up from pot washer to executive chef, Christopher Burgos knows his way around a kitchen. Now he’s getting a feel for the classroom.
New teacher profiles | June 9, 2011 >>
“Trying to keep 7th-graders interested in ‘Of Mice and Men’ can be difficult when what they’re really interested in is the girl walking by with a hall pass outside the classroom door,” says English teacher Mike Amari. Call it the Zen of teaching adolescents — trying to win their minds while their heads are all over the place — “It’s something you learn to work with,” Amari says.
New teacher profiles | May 12, 2011 >>
His grandmother used to find him singing in front of the mirror, using a broomstick for a microphone. When he was 3 he started singing at church. Today, tenor opera singer Avid Williams, who has been making his living with his voice for 10 years, is making music at Brooklyn HS of the Arts. As director of the choir and the school’s vocal program, this second-year teacher has found his niche.
New teacher profiles | March 10, 2011 >>
Everyone in the audience at the class play was amazed when a certain little girl said her lines in “Old MacDonald’s Farm.” The child was diagnosed as “selectively mute” on her Individualized Education Program. Indeed, she hardly spoke. So when the 2nd-grader walked to the stage and said, “We are the pigs, we play in the mud and we are very pink,” it was a triumph for the silent, timid child and for her teacher.
New teacher profiles | February 3, 2011 >>
“In my first year I was learning all the teacher buzz words like ‘differentiation,’ but ‘excessed’ wasn’t one of them,” said Amy Trojanowski, who was barely learning the ropes when she heard that new verb and discovered it applied to her.
New teacher profiles | November 25, 2010 >>
In teacher Jessica Remboulis’ classroom, prime factorization rocks. As math teachers know, breaking down a composite number to its prime is best done by creating a diagram of branches splitting off into smaller branches of smaller numbers, a visual tool called a factor tree.
New teacher profiles | October 28, 2010 >>
The 10-year-old girl who didn’t speak a word of English was frightened during her first few weeks at a Queens elementary school. Now, 25 years later, she’s standing in front of the classroom at PS 46 in Manhattan and loves it. It was a long journey for Hannah Kim — not just from South Korea to America, but from the world of big bucks on Wall Street to the world of little kids in the classroom.
New teacher profiles | May 20, 2010 >>
They’re at that stage when they’re into writing poems and are dying to stay out all night at a cool downtown poetry cafe, but can’t because they’re only in 9th grade. So Elizabeth Carmichael brings the poetry cafe to them.
New teacher profiles | April 15, 2010 >>
Among the first things Jared Beloff bought with his UFT Teacher Center Mini-Grant were “bottles of blood.” These are important materials for anyone teaching at School of the Dead in Queens, where teenage zombies, entitled to a public school education like all city kids, come to learn their ABCs.
New teacher profiles | March 18, 2010 >>
She loves the innocent, inquisitive energy of kindergarteners — and she loves the intense, roiling energy of rallies, political campaigns and election night. She’s proud that she has a positive impact on children’s lives — and is steamed at how negatively the media portrays teachers. Like any new teacher, Ashley Alvarado wishes there were more hours in a day to get everything done — yet she makes the time to serve as a UFT delegate.
New teacher profiles | February 18, 2010 >>
It’s not your father’s gym class. Or yours for that matter, whether you were an athlete or the kid who got tapped last. “I don’t do the ‘old gym,’” said Sara Giaimo, a fourth-year physical education teacher who has brought new energy, ideas and fun to PS 101 in Queens.
New teacher profiles | January 11, 2010 >>
He used to be the guy with the clipboard by the velvet ropes deciding whether you were thin enough, gorgeous enough and rich enough to get through the hallowed doors of Manhattan’s hottest clubs. “My job was to do everything to keep people out. Now my job is to get everyone involved and drawn in,” said Phil Grubler.
New teacher profiles | November 26, 2009 >>
Fifth-graders have opinions, Liav Shapiro finds. In fact, they already have lots of them and are eager to debate ideas.
New teacher profiles | October 1, 2009 >>
He traded in his partnership at a Brooklyn garage for teaching automotive shop at Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical HS on Staten Island.